June 7, 2010

Death to everyone is gonna come
And it makes hosing much more fun

Jeff Huntington, Rift, 2010

* RIP David Markson. Here's an excellent Bookslut interview of Markson from July 2005. Wittgenstein's Mistress -- blurbed at its publication in 1987 by a very young David Foster Wallace as "a work of genius...an erudite, breathtakingly cerebral novel whose prose is crystal and whose voice rivets and whose conclusion defies you not to cry" -- is a must read.

* From William Burroughs' Deposition: Testimony Concerning A Sickness (1959):

Junk is the mold of monopoly and possession. The addict stands by while his junk legs carry him straight in on the junk beam to relapse. Junk is quantitative and accurately measurable. The more junk you use the less you have and the more you have the more you use. All the hallucinogen drugs are considered sacred by those who use them--there are Peyote Cults and Bannisteria Cults, Hashish Cults and Mushroom Cults--"the Scared Mushrooms of Mexico enable a man to see God''--but no on ever suggested that junk is sacred. There are no opium cults. Opium is profane and quantitative like money. I have heard that there was one a bbeneficentnon-habit-forming junk in India. It was called *soma* and is pictured as a beautiful blue tide. If *soma* ever existed the Pusher was there to bottle it and monopolize it and sell it and it turned into plain old time JUNK.

Junk is the ideal product . . . the ultimate merchandise. No sales talk necessary. The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy. . . . The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client. He pays his staff in junk.

Junk yields a basic formula of "evil'' virus: *The Algebra of Need*. The face of "evil'' is always the face of total need. A dope fiend is a man in total need of dope. Beyond a certain frequency need knows absolutely no limit or control. In the words of total need: "*Wouldn't you*?'' Yes you would. You would lie, cheat, inform on your friends, steal, do *anything* to satisfy total need. Because you would be in a state of total sickness, total possession, and not in a position to act in any other way. Dope fiends are sick people who cannot act other than they do. A rabid dog cannot choose but bite. Assuming a self-righteous position is nothing to the purpose unless your purpose be to keep the junk virus in operation. And junk is a big industry.

* Tomorrow (Tuesday June 8) The Foreign Press plays @ The Velvet Lounge (915 U nw wdc). With Kadman and Israel Darling. 9pm $8. Come on out.

* “The times spat at me. I spit back at the times.” -- Andrei Voznesensk, RIP


Anonymous Anonymous said...

you might enjoy this "all over coffee"

Allan Smithee

10:15 AM  

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